Re-Possession - Review
After a long wait, it's nice to finally have another release from this Australian industrial band.
Listeners and readers here on Gothic Paradise were first introduced to their music from Fatal Condition
. The overall style of this new album is very similar to this previous work, but does pick up the pace and intensity in many ways. We're presented with a dozen powerful electronic tracks for fans of the slower pulsating electro-industrial to the fast-pacerd dance-friendly beats of the popular EBM music scene.
From the very beginning of the album you can feel the raw emotion pour out through the melancholy synth-string textures and somber, muffled vocals portraying the body of the lyrics of "breathe". These angst-ridden elements of layered electronics over catchy beats and hooks really make up the bulk of the album. While mostly the vocals are distorted whispers, especially on pieces like "I Feel Disease" reflect back to the previous album in it's overall style. This somber and angry style continues on in various tracks and once again really comes out in a special treat of the "terrorfakt vs. angeltheory" remix of "no frequency". This latter piece was a favorite from their previously mentioned album and is presented very well here on this disc.
One thing I really enjoy with this latest work is the added use of more upbeat, brighter tracks while still maintaining the overall emotion and power. The fun, catchy hooks of "black and blue" is a great example of this excellent moving style. Another nice touch is the use of slightly melodic vocals, tuning down the distortion a bit and letting the actual voice come out on "witness" makes for a stellar track. The addition of this vocal style actually adds to the overall angst and melancholy rather than detracting from it. This has quickly become a favorite of mine with these modifications.
With the number of tracks on this disc, it's surprising how you can listen to the entire album without any need for a break and actually being able to fit all pieces together thematically and through the overall moods and technique. As the album starts to wind down, some of the intensity and catchy nature is lacking, but overall it maintains the listener's attention right up through the final track and final note. This is another great album that absolutely has to be included in any goth/industrial music fan's library.